Wednesday, July 14, 2021 — For Dunham School of Business and Public Policy Students

Campus shines under a clear blue sky 

Campus Shot

Sunny weather is making for picture-perfect scenes at AU.

A Message from the Dean

Greetings from Dunham Hall:

I hope you and your family had an enjoyable Independence Day celebration! Now that we are past the midpoint of summer, I am sure you are starting to plan for the fall term. Are you registered yet? If not, you can secure a seat in fall 2021 or spring 2022 courses by registering via WebAdvisor or contacting your academic advisor for assistance. You can schedule an appointment via Handshake or email

Have you considered on-campus housing this year? It's not too late to apply for housing directly or via the Okta login page by selecting "Apply for Housing." If you have any questions, please reach out to the Office of Residence Life at or 630-844-7881. 

Forward Together 

In today’s newsletter, I’d like to draw your attention to the 2021–2022 Forward Together plan and the FAQs relating to the upcoming academic year. Dr. Amy Gray, vice president for student life, recently emailed everyone noting that AU is instituting a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for students, faculty, and staff for the 2021–2022 academic year. This applies at both the undergraduate and graduate levels to anyone who intends to be physically at any of the university campus locations for any period. Students and faculty who participate in fully online programs, and who have no plan to be on campus, are exempt from this requirement, but are still highly encouraged to get vaccinated.     

It is expected that students provide documentation of full vaccination status as soon as possible but no later than Sunday, August 15, 2021. To  submit documentation, email a copy of your vaccination card to

You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks following either the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine or the second dose of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines. For more specific information about the vaccine, visit the State of Illinois Vaccine FAQ page. To find a vaccine near you, visit

The university will consider granting exemptions for medical reasons or due to religious and strongly held personal convictions. The form to request an exemption is located here. Students requesting an exemption should email the completed exemption form by Monday, August 2, 2021, to All requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and students will be notified in a timely manner of the status of each request.   

More information about the vaccination requirement, including the process for submitting proof of vaccination, or for requesting an exemption, can be found at You can also email with any additional questions. 

Graduation Application Deadline (Summer 2021) 

The graduation application for summer 2021 graduates is open via WebAdvisor. The deadline to apply is Friday, August 13, 2021. Summer graduates will participate in commencement on Saturday, December 11, 2021. All graduates are required to complete the graduation application regardless of participation in a ceremony. More information about commencement will be emailed to graduation candidates this fall.  

Coming this Fall 

Expanded Campus Dining
In addition to Tru Blu Dining (Alumni Hall) and the Spartan Spot, the newly branded Tru Blu Coffee will reopen in the Institute for Collaboration. These campus options will make dining even more convenient for resident and commuter students. 

Hill Center for Student Success
The new center will be home to Career Services, offering students counsel, guidance, and inspiration to ensure a successful transition from campus to career. The center will also include Spartan Attic, a closet with free professional clothing and accessories that are appropriate for interviews, internships, and work settings.

Sundays@7 Career Conversations with Alumni
This popular program will return and will include two programs featuring AU students talking about internship opportunities and sharing tips for your job search. 

There is a lot going on. It is an exciting time to be a Spartan! If you have any questions or need support, you are always welcome to contact me directly.

Best wishes,

Toby J. Arquette, PhD
Dean, Dunham School of Business and Public Policy

Key Dates

July 16, 2021 Financial Aid Friday Appointment

July 20, 2021 Virtual Career Workshop: How to Stand Out as an Applicant

July 31, 2021 Summer Term II ends (5-week)

August 7, 2021 Summer Term ends (10-week)

August 21, 2021 Summer Module II ends (8-week)

August 21, 2021 Summer Term ends (16-week)
August 23, 2021 Fall semester classes begin

August 27, 2021 Class Intersession (day of planned events for AU students) 

November 1, 2021 Spring 2022 Dunham School internship application due
What we're reading

Award recipients offer reflections and advice on the AU experience

The university recently held a special reception to honor the 2020 and 2021 seniors who received the AUSA Senior Award, Lincoln Laureate Award, and Spartan Award. These graduates were honored for their academic and leadership accomplishments and overall contributions to the life of the university. After the banquet, some of the awardees shared reflections on their AU experiences and offered advice for current students. Watch the video here.
Congratulations to all the recipients:
AUSA Senior Award — Emily Burns ’20 | Kyle Artwell ’21
Lincoln Laureate Award — Khadeil Ergas ’20 | Basma Outhman ’21
Spartan Award — Andrea Vallejo ’20 | Jeremiah Jay Cooley ’21

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates

The university continues to provide coronavirus (COVID-19) updates online. The webpage also includes links to FAQs, additional resources, and CARES Act Reporting information.

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